Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mini Christmas Cards

 

 I hosted this swap. I just couldn't help myself. I could already see in my mind how cute that they would all be hanging on the front of my fireplace. Each of these adorable tiny Christmas cards had to have a tiny envelope included that so each person that was in this swap would have the fun of opening each card that they received. I have to admit that making the tiny envelopes were the hardest part of this swap. I spent the best part of one day working out the perfect size for these envelopes and another day making them. It seemed a challenge for me. After the envelopes the cards were easy!

THESE ARE THE CARDS I MADE





   I went to Michael's to find some Christmas sxrapbook paper. Once again all they had was those paper packs that I hate so much. Luckily as I was leaving the store I walked by a bin of Christmas note cards. These were longer than most note cards so I was able to cut three background from each card. Now I had the backgrounds for $1.50. Far better than a pack of Christmas paper for $20.00. I edged each card with gold leaf and using double sided tape attached the background onto the double fold card. Inside of each card using my Silhouette and pen I wrote the message "Have A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year".  Then I put glittery tape across them and mounted an embellishment on the front of each tiny Christmas card. 

THESE ARE THE CARDS IN THE SWAP


Anita Crosby



 Celeste Bernardin


 Kathy Scholl


 Jan Caldwell


 Dorena Kerry

 Jeanne McCarthy


 Kathy Keller


 Joan Melton


 Judy Lawson

 Pam Blackledge

Kathy Rohm


Ceil Hook


   This was a really fun swap. Seeing all these tiny Christmas cards was so much fun. It was so much fun that I think that I will host this swap again next year. I loved the way that they all looked hanging on the front of my fireplace.

Take Care
Kathy

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Skiing Scrapbook Page

   This has got to be one of my favorite scrapbook page spreads. My granddaughter was spending some time with me. One day she tried cross country skiing on the frozen lake. It was her first time on skis. Later that day together we made this scrapbook page spread. She helped put it together and we had a great time reliving the events of the day as we worked together on these pages.


SKI  BUNNY


 Left Page


Right Page


   We went to Michael's to get some scrapbook paper for the background. Of course they didn't have any winter paper or even Christmas paper without buying a themed stack. I really hate those. You get maybe two sheets of paper that you might want and the rest is so ugly that you can use it to wrap fish in. Just my personal opinion but I hate someone to decide for me what I want. So we went home and made our background paper from dark blue card stock. We stamped snowflakes on it and used heat set embossing powder to make our snowflakes. It was really fun because Lauren learned how to do embossing. The snowflakes were made using a couple of paper punches. These pages really sparkle. The snowflakes and the picture frames are made from white and silver glitter paper as well as the background paper having glittery snowflakes stamped on it. These pages always make me smile. I hope that they make you smile too.

Take Care
Kathy


Friday, October 23, 2015

HAPPY HALLOWEEN


HAPPY HALLOWEEN


                                                 Skeeter                                   Cindy

  Are you frightened yet??? You should be. A spider, a bumble bee, and a lady bug this big is the stuff nightmares are made of. 8-)

Take Care
Kathy

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Circus Scrapbook Page

   Once again I have a double scrapbook page to share with you. It seems that it takes so long for me to finish anything lately. Maybe it's because that it takes long enough to do anything the first time, the last two sets of pages that I've done has been more problems than any ever before. The Gone Fishing pages began falling apart before I could even get them into the scrapbook album. The double sided tape even though it was supposed to be permanent didn't hold. Things started falling off like autumn leaves. So I had to carefully lift corners of things and carefully apply glue with a toothpick and then hold them in place until they dried. Then I moved on to doing my circus pages. Before even starting I sat for two days gluing clear beads into the center of gold sequins to make little lights for my frames. Then as I started putting them onto the pages the little beads started falling off the sequins. I ended up re-gluing every single bead with Diamond Glaze. There were 132 tiny little lights. That was a real bummer. Enough said here are my scrapbook pages.

THESE ARE MY CIRCUS PAGES


Left Side

Right Side
   I started this page with some really different scrapbook paper. I am so picky about my background paper. I really don't know why but I love paper. Even though most times not much of the paper even shows, the right paper inspires me. I cut out the frames using my cutting machine. Often that takes a lot of time the frames need to fit the pictures and the pictures need to fit the frames. There is a lot of re-sizing both the frames and the pictures to finally bring them together. I already told you the problems that I had with the sequin and bead lights. Then I made the center frame larger and photographed the original newspaper ad for the circus. I had saved the paper for years. Then I assembled them. This time I glued them onto the pages but now I had to weight the pages down to get out the warping caused by the glue. While they were straightening out I made the little pendant banners. Then I altered the dog on the ball by adding a pompom on the hat, and the ticket stubs. I made the balloons for the clown using a balloon punch and Glossy Accents and added a pompom to the hat. Please excuse the shadows from the pompoms. I photograph my pages in front of a window. Shadows sometimes happen.
I hope that you enjoyed this page spread and enjoyed sharing my trials and tribulations with me.

Take Care
Kathy






Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gone Fishing Scrapbook Page

   Once again I have a double scrapbook page to share with you. These pages feature my granddaughter fishing. Some of our best times together were those spent fishing, whether we were on the boat or fishing off the dock fun just had a way of happening. I really wish that I had taken the time to take more photos. Believe it or not I had a hard time finding enough pictures to do this double page spread.

HOOKED ON FISHING


Left Side

Right Side



   For these pages I started with scrapbook paper with fishing tackle print for the background. I then used Fiskar Edge templates for the torn edge that I used for the water. I used my finger tip to darken the edge with dark blue ink. I layered one over the other. Then I put them at the bottom edge of the scrapbook paper background. I attached only the bottom and the sides with glue leaving the top open so that I could tuck the die cuts and pictures into them. Next I picked the pictures that I would use. I cropped them to size and laid them into place. Then I used my die cutting machine to cut out the page embellishments. I assembled them and laid them into place. After I was sure that I was happy with the way it all came together I used double sided tape and taped everything down. That last thing that I did was put the title "Hooked On Fishing" at the bottom of the pages XXXXX
   I had this page planned for a long time...in my mind. That was the easy part. Making it happen was a different story. While I was working on this page I spent hours searching through an old Dell desktop, an old Dell laptop and a HP desktop. I had more than 19,000 pictures on these computers. That was why I was so surprised to find that I had so few fishing pictures, especially since we spent so much time fishing. I guess that it's hard to fish and take pictures at the same time. I think that I told our fishing story quite well with the pictures that I had. While working on this page my printer died. That was a tragedy. My old printer just worked. I never had to do much more than send my pictures to it and sit back and wait. My new printer has far fewer print options and they are not as easy to access. There is going to be a learning curve. I hate learning curves especially since they take up valuable time. Geez, and I'm getting too old to have to keep learning new things.
   I hope that you enjoy this double page spread as much as I do. After I got all the bugs worked out it was fun.

Take Care
Kathy

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Opening Scrapbook Page

   Many of you that visit my blog know that I am trying to put together a scrapbook to be displayed at my granddaughter's graduation open house. I am so far from being anywhere near done. In fact I have hardly gotten started. I really have to spend more time working on it. She graduates next spring.

THE OPENING PAGE


   I started this page with what I consider a beautiful piece of background scrapbook paper. I love the rickrack and ribbon print. I edged the page with multicolored rickrack. Then using a scrapbook maker software program I made the newspaper front page. I trimmed the outside edge with plastic diaper pins that I found at the dollar store. I picked up the colors of the diaper pins and made the bow using those colors. I didn't have green or pink ribbon so I colored white ribbon with permanent markers. I made the ribbon lighter by applying rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball until they were the right shades of pink and green. Then I cut one of the plastic diaper pins with a craft knife and ran it through some loops on the bow. I then hung the gold beaded name wrist band that Lauren made from the bow. I fanned out the ends of the ribbon and using double sided tape I taped them down. I then placed the newspaper page down using double sided tape. I cut out the little teddy bear using my die cutting machine. I covered it with glue and then sprinkled flocking powder on the teddy bear. I glued a little white bow at the teddy's neck. I assembled it using foam squares and put it in place. If you look closely you can see that there is a tiny teddy bear in the center page with baby Lauren. The little bear was only four inches tall. Using the pen function of my die cutting machine I made the name placard. I painted it bronze and then using UTEE I made it appear to be made from plastic like the rest of the page embellishments. The finishing touch was then placed on the bottom center of the newspaper page. To show this page I blocked out important Information on the newspaper article and the name placard.
   I hope that you enjoyed this page. There will be more to follow.

Take Care
Kathy     

Monday, September 14, 2015

Companion Crown Page

   In April of 2014 I shared with you what I felt would be the first page of Lauren's Scrapbook. I later decided that I would make a different introductory page. Now I had a left page but not a page for the right side. So I went back and made a page for the right side of the photo album.

LEFT SIDE OF CROWN PAGE


   I first posted this on my blog in April of 2014. If you are interested in knowing more you can find instructions posted there.

RIGHT SIDE OF DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD



   I found the matching piece of scrapbook paper that I used on first page. Using my Die cutting machine I cut out four matching crown frames. I painted them gold. I put dark pink glitter in the cutouts and rhinestones along the the outside edges. I put a large oval rhinestone on the crown cross. I then made a larger crown frame to highlight Lauren's going home picture. Once again I painted it gold and used dark pink glitter and rhinestones on it. I used my die cutting machine to make the lettering. I found the pictures that I wanted to use and put them into the frames. I laid the elements of the page in place until I was happy with the way it looked. Then I attached them in place with double sided tape. Going back to my die cutting machine I cut the little carriage border and taped it down. Then I glued the rhinestones onto the border. I used the pen function of my die cutter and wrote the label on vellum for beneath the center picture and put in into place. Yes, I know that it's over the top bling...I promise that all the pages won't be this over the top. I will try to rope myself in. 
  I hope that you are enjoying this journey with me because there are more pages to come.

Take Care 
Kathy

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teabag Folding ATC Swap

   This swap was my idea so I hosted it. There weren't a lot of players but OH MY! The cards were beautiful. I really wanted to keep them all. Teabag folding was real popular a few years ago. Something this beautiful should never be forgotten. If you have never done teabag folding you should Google it. There are so many beautiful folds along with the directions to make them. These are wonderful on greeting cards, scrapbook pages, and even on gift boxes. There really are so many ways to use these beautiful creations. Years ago I made Christmas decorations out of these by gluing two back to back and trapping a string for hanging between them. Some were made from foil gift bags. They did last for years.

THIS IS THE CARD I MADE




   Before starting my cards I selected three scrapbook papers that were different shades of the same color. One would be my background and the other two shades would be used to make my star fold center piece. I started by making my teabag folded centerpiece. After I assembled it a put a drop of Liquid Pearls in the center. I put it aside to dry. While it was drying I found some silver metal "Love" charms. I covered them with Liquid Pearls and sat them aside to dry. I then glued the background paper onto a piece of white card stock. Then I trimmed the outside of two edges with iridescent rick-rack. After everything was dry I glued everything in place.

  
THESE ARE THE PLAYERS ATC'S




 Ann Jensen




 Jan Caldwell




 Kathy Scholl




 Anita Crosby




Verna Heavner


   These really were beautiful cards. The players were so generous that I was able to keep one from each player. I was so thrilled. It made it so much easier to swap them out. Thanks to everyone that played and to those that sent me a hostess card. I am so happy to have these in my collection. They really are fun and easy to make. In fact I thought about making some for my Christmas tree...then I remembered that I haven't put up a tree in years. Oh well. Maybe I'll make some for my daughter's tree.

Take Care
Kathy